U.S. At War: No Casualty Lists

Except for a few officially accoladed heroes, the only casualties the U.S. heard about last week were false casualties.

At Pearl Harbor, 2,897 men had died, said Navy Secretary Frank Knox. In the Philippines, thousands more were killed, wounded or taken prisoners, as Douglas MacArthur's outnumbered forces fell back before a swarm of Jap invaders.

But their names were not published. The only news the U.S. had of its hard-pressed, hard-fighting sons and brothers, fathers, husbands, sweethearts came in sinister oblongs of yellow paper, sent by the War and Navy Departments to their nearest...

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